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Describe a skill that was hard to learn

Describe a skill that was hard to learn

You should say:

  • What it was
  • When you learned it
  • Why it was hard to learn
  • How you felt about it

Sample Answer:

Well, the skill that was hard to learn but appeared to be one of the most important skills in my daily life is driving a car. If I’m not mistaken, this was more than 10 years ago. Back then very few cars had an automatic gearbox, so acquiring this skill was much more difficult than now, therefore it required a lot of practice. As a result, it took a long time to master.

At first, I decided to take the line of least resistance and asked my father to teach me as he had had a wealth of experience. But being good at driving didn’t mean being good at teaching. He lost temper and shouted at me every other second, which made both of us upset. I quickly understood that this wasn’t as good an idea as I’d expected. Then I found an instructor who was much more patient than my father. For an obvious reason actually… He explained what to do and what mistake to avoid. He controlled every movement I made. It took me hours and hours of practice. In the end, I became a really confident driver.

To be honest, it was only when I learned to drive a car that I understood what freedom was. Even when I didn’t have my own car, I could take my parents’ vehicle and go somewhere without waiting for one of them to give me a lift. On many occasions it made getting around the city far more comfortable than it used to be. Now that I have my own car, I think driving is an indispensable skill for me. It saves a lot of time as I don’t have to catch the bus, wait for a taxi or ask somebody to give me a lift, completely depending on them. I can stop or change the route any time I want. I’m free to go wherever | need, especially to some places which are difficult to get to by public transport, for example, out of town. What’s more, I can take as much stuff with me as I need without keeping an eye on it on a bus. I don’t have fingers that are numb after carrying my heavy bags all day round. Also, I can transport a lot of stuff without hiring special companies. I can say without any exaggeration that since I learned to drive my life has improved in countless ways.

part 3 – Skills


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